Randy Reyes, a member of Legat’s growing roster of Judson University graduates, earned his master’s degree from the university’s architecture program. During a typical day, his work includes both computer-based efforts like researching materials, demographics, site context, and analog tasks such as brainstorming and sketching out ideas on paper.
Randy aspires to design schools that will define the next generation. He said, “Working with stakeholders and practicing sustainable design to create environments that improve student performance is the greatest career I could ever ask for.”
Randy’s experience prior to joining Legat includes several educational projects. For instance, he helped design a full-day kindergarten addition. A second-generation Mexican American, Randy has also served as a Spanish translator at a parent meeting that introduced a school project.
Randy’s interest in the architectural field started at age 16 when he went to work at a metal roofing company. This job inspired Randy to take high school drafting and woodshop classes, which planted the seed for his career choice.
Randy’s final Judson graduate project involved creating a plan to revitalize Rockford, Illinois’ Fordam neighborhood. Randy and his team led a charrette at which they spoke with community members and political leaders. They created a master plan and a design to address all challenges the neighborhood faces, then presented it to the city as part of Transform Rockford.
Randy also believes in helping the next generation of architects and hopes to serve as a role model to those with similar backgrounds. He returned to Judson for design critiques and served as a teaching/resident assistant at the annual Design Discovery Summer Workshop. The one-week program allows high school students to live on campus, experience the studio, interact with Judson design faculty and former students, and visit Chicago for a day.
During his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family, watching and playing soccer, and cruising on his longboard while exploring new cities. One of his favorite travel memories is spending the day with friends in Barcelona, where he had “the best” paella in the middle of Las Ramblas.